As better alternatives continue to arrive, it will continue to dwindle until only a few die-hards are left. In the end it will only be found on dead unmaintained websites and in archival works.
Seen it happen before. It was called RealPlayer.
Source is obvious.
It shouldn't matter a wit, what Linus' political opinion is, any more than the brand of car he drives. But for some, it will.
Its not like the community condones murder just because some people like/use ReiserFS... But some refuse to use the fs for that reason alone.
In the end, his comments, or anyone else's for that matter, reflect upon the community only as much as the reader thinks they do. You cant change that.
And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.